Cirrhinus molitorella (Mud Carp, White Lady Carp)
A silvery shark-like carp with a streamlined body, large black-edged scales, reddish fins, and a distinctive dark humeral patch above the pectoral fins.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
This species is widely cultivated in Asia as a food fish; consequently, occasional specimens may find themselves in the ornamental fish trade. They are hardy and easy to keep, and tolerant of quite cool conditions. May be kept in unheated tanks.
As the "mud carp" name suggests, this species forages primarily on the bottom of the tank, consuming algae wafers, insect larvae and so on.
An excellent jumper! Keep in a covered aquarium. Gregarious but can be kept singly. Very peaceful, and works well in suitable communities of subtropical fish. Does not harm sturdy plants.
|Distribution||China and Vietnam|
|Size||Potentially 55 cm in the wild; commonly 15-25 cm|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|
|Care Level||Expert only|